When I discovered JungShan Ink illustrations I could not help but wonder who was this talented artist. It did not took me long to find out that Jung Shan Chang is an emerging illustrator from Taiwan that blends Eastern style with Western techniques and moods. Her creations are the best proof of her virtuosity with both image editing software and the traditional Chinese ink technique.
The awesome results of the collaboration between Jung Shan Chang and the American comic artist Joe Benitez were the first works from JungShan Ink I discovered. Joe Benitez sent her some pencil sketches of Lady Mechanika and she used Chinese ink in order to finish the illustrations.
We would like to recover this British short film released in 2008. This way up is a brilliant black comedy that follows the story of two undertakers trying to deliver a body to a graveyard. As the tagline goes, ‘Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble’.
We discovered The Goblin Market Facebook page a couple of years ago. With great joy, I have to say.
Before long we wanted to learn more about this mysterious and inspiring initiative and we found out that Aristotle Pramagioulis was the master mind behind it. Today we bring you the opportunity to come to know Aristotle and the growing community of The Goblin Market.
An interview with Aristotle Pramagioulis
Q.- Dear Aristotle, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to learn more about you and the projects you are involved in. Some of the members of our community may have never heard about you, would you introduce yourself?
A.- It’s an immense pleasure to speak with Decimononic. I am an art director for an advertising agency and an event company in the States. While I do personal work and freelance for other companies, I think the project I am best known for is the creator, coordinator, and lead art director behind the Goblin Market live events and online community.
Q.- Have you always had a knack for graphic design?
Born in 1980 in Gentofte, Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter. Her mother, Katja Obel, was a jurist but also a brilliant musician and this let Agnes learn to play the piano when she was just a child. Today Agnes writes, plays, sings, records and produces all her material herself.
Spiritualism, mediumship and talking boards
Our interest in talking boards is not a secret, in fact we published an article entitled ‘What is a planchette’ when we launched our sterling silver Planchettes’ Collection in May 2013 -which goes hand in hand with the history of talking boards- and we have even our own travel Ouija board: the one and only Singular Talking Board!
But let’s look back to the past for a moment in order to refresh our memories. Spiritualism was in vogue in the 19th century and channelers used automatic writing or drawing in regular basis. In fact, mediumship became quite popular in the USA and the UK after the rise of Spiritualism as religious movement. The trance mediums Paschal Beverly Randolph and Emma Hardinge Britten were among the most celebrated lecturers and authors on the subject in the mid-19th century. However, scientific tests by the English scientist Michael Faraday, the French chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, and the American psychologists William James and Ray Hyman have demonstrated that many phenomena attributed to paranormal forces or ‘energies’ are actually due to ideomotor action. After the exposure of the fraudulent use of stage magic tricks by physical mediums such as the Davenport Brothers and the Bangs Sisters, mediumship fell into disrepute.
If you want to learn more about the history of the Ouija board in science, read now this article from the Smithsonian Magazine: ‘The Strange and Misterious History of the Ouija Board’.
So, can Ouija boards be used to communicate with the spiritual dimension? We may not have a definitive answer to this question, but the ideomotor effect may help us throw light over other relevant issues…